Jennifer Smith (left) and Jesse Wellens (right) at VidCon in 2014
|Born||Jesse Michael Wellens|
|Subscribers||19.7 million (with both channels)|
|Total views||4.9 billion (with both channels)|
Updated: February 2, 2017
PrankvsPrank, also known as PvP, is a YouTube channel created by Jesse Michael Wellens and his then-girlfriend Jennifer "Jeana" Smith. In 2007, the two began to play pranks on each other and post videos of the pranks on websites, eventually forming a channel on YouTube. The channel has more than 1.8 billion video views and more than 10.2 million subscribers as of February, 2017. After Wellens and Smith split in May 2016, Wellens became the sole user of the channel.
Wellens had filmed Smith attempting the cinnamon challenge and posted a video on the Internet, starting the serial pranking of each other. The videos show how they prepare the pranks for each other and record their reaction afterwards.
On September 25, 2013, Wellens (as "Chip Chocolate") released a rap song on iTunes called "Cookie Dance". Produced by Les Professionnels, the song peaked at #68 on the UK Singles Chart and was number one in Sweden for a couple of weeks.
In 2016, Wellens and Smith hosted a YouTube Red original series titled Prank Academy, where they taught celebrities how to pull off pranks and graded the individual outcomes. The series premiered on March 30, 2016 and concluded on July 20, 2016. While the full-length episodes were only available to YouTube Red subscribers, Wellens and Smith provided condensed versions featuring the highlights of the pranks free of charge to the public.
After Wellens and Smith split in May 2016, Wellens continued posting on PrankvsPrank as a solo effort, while Smith posted on BFvsGF.
Smith and Wellens also have a channel on YouTube called BFvsGF. On BFvsGF, they posted videos about their lives on a daily basis from 2012 until May 19, 2016. The videos often show them walking around Philadelphia, visiting New York City, or traveling with Contiki Tours. The videos also have frequent guest appearances by other YouTubers, including Louis Cole, Roman Atwood, Alli Speed, Andy Milonakis and Charles Trippy.
It was on this channel that Smith and Wellens introduced the character Chip Chocolate with the video "Fruit Assassin". BFvsGF has more than 9.3 million subscribers and 2.7 billion video views, as of February, 2017.
On May 18, 2016, Wellens and Smith announced on BFvsGF they have decided to place their relationship on "hiatus" and they would be taking a break from vlogging for the foreseeable future. They cited relationship problems and stress from daily vlogging as factors for this break. Wellens announced he would be moving to New York, with Smith remaining in Philadelphia.
On March 5, 2019, Smith announced that she will be launching an online talk show on BFvsGF, titled Jenuine Talk, where she will discuss various real-life topics with guest stars, having shot two episodes over the winter.
Awards and nominations
|2015||Streamy Award||Best Prank Show||Won|||
|2016||Shorty Award||Best YouTube Ensemble||Won|||
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I think the song is real big in Sweden right now. It was number one in Sweden for a while. When they dropped the song it was number one on the hip-hop charts in Sweden for at least a week or two.
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